"A good book is the
blood of a master-spirit"
Today I uploaded the
first html-version of
Hazlitt's (the link in the title opens it)
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN
BEING AN ARGUMENT IN FAVOUR OF
THE NATURAL DISINTERESTEDNESS
OF THE HUMAN MIND.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
SOME REMARKS ON THE SYSTEMS OF
HARTLEY AND HELVETIUS.
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, NO. 72, ST. PAUL'S
It was neither easy to do nor is it
completely faithful to the original printed text, but I do not have a
paper copy or photocopy of that work, and I had to do with the mess
Google made of it.
Here is the start of it, that follows
the titlepage, and heads a html-file of 233 Kb, to have it all in one
At present this is a Work In Progress:
I am working from the scanned version of Google, which consists of
photographs of pages in a pdf-format, not of editable text, and a
textfile, apparently generated by a program form those
Both are pretty atrocious:
On each page there's Google's logo, as a
constant tacit ownership claim (possibly in the future, but
implicitly there by logo)
In the first 141 pages some 8 are missing in the pdf
The text that comes with it as Hazlitt's is
horribly garbled (and varies with the quality of the images of
the pages it seems derived from)
So this is not easy... at present I am in this
first html-edition at the end of An Essay on the Principes of
Human Action, properly speaking, after which starts Remarks
on the Systems of Hartley and Helvetius.
If you get the pdf file
you get a mostly readable - not all: where
you meet in this text "[?]" it stands for a missing word that I
can't make out from either text - text, but with at least 8 missing pages; the
textfile that can be downloaded with it is totally useless and not
independently readable without the pdf.
Hence it will take more time, effort and energy on
my part to get a html-text, which I want to make so that I can
comment on it.
Incidentally, it is similar with my edition of
Political Essays, for the same reason.
As to the present html-edition, here are three
principles I have tried to abide by:
I kept the original pagination and ends of line of
the main text, and
as in Hazlitt's text, I reproduce the footnotes -
some long, extending over several subsequent pages - on the page
in smaller letters, and indented relative to the main text, but I
have not tried to retain the
lines as I tried to do for the main text (that accordingly is like
the book and the pdf-images of its pages)
I have paragraphed by adding an empty line. This
is not as in the text, but is easier to read on the screen, and
does not cost paper on the screen.
And I have done my best to reproduce all of
Hazlitt's text, but have failed in some cases, because either the
pages are missing in the pdf I used, or else text could not be
read or fairly guessed by me.
Finally, at a few points I have edited
diplomatically, that is, corrected obvious mistakes by Hazlitt or
his printers without providing a note or a "sic".
Apr 24, 2011
I will have more to say on Google's style of appropriating
classic texts, and the loving care they manage to not spend on it at all, and
their sickening logo they put on every page, and the creepy pictures of rubber
gloved hands they manage to include in their pdf-s, and I will have also
have more to say on the text, that I intend to comment as I have done with
other classics; and finally I also hope to convert the Remarks on the
Systems of Hartley and Helvetius to html, but all of this must be done,
if at all, at some future date.
As it is, the present edition of the text, missing pages and
unclear words and all, is by far the best on the internet - is my guess,
which has a high probability.
For the moment, I probably spend more time and trouble on
producing this text than Hazlitt's original printers, all thanks to Google.
P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to
be made later.
O yes, as to Google:
- X :"Be glad it is there!"
- M :"Well... ever heard the old saw "If it's worth doing it's worth